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New Law, Old Story: Guatemala Cuts Advertising to Critical Media

As Guatemala prepares for the enactment next month of its shiny new access to information law (PDF), local and international organizations have started to wonder if the country is actually going back to the old practice of using state advertising to punish or reward news organizations. While working the last few months on the implementation…

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Uganda: Tough Talk, Much Noise, No Improvement

President Yoweri Museveni’s discussion of corruption and its dangers can be eloquent, tough and inspiring. It might lead citizens to believe this is the right man to wipe out corruption from the Republic of Uganda, the pearl of Africa. Not quite. Global Integrity’s Salim R. Biryetega reports from Kampala. Since assuming his current third term…

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Argentina: Inflation is Low Because I Say So

While Argentina’s 1999 financial crisis serves as a cautionary tale for the West, our reporter finds that Argentina could review that lesson itself, as the government cranks out bogus inflation numbers and undermines its most effective watchdog agencies. Reporter’s Notebook: Argentina By Pablo Hacker for Global Integrity When Argentines go grocery shopping, we feel deceived…

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USA: Senator Calls for Release of CRS Reports

This week, US Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) calls for the release of Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports to the public. These are taxpayer funded research studies used in Congressional debate. The reports are secret by Congressional tradition because, let’s face it, facts disrupt spin. Our friends at the Project on Government Oversight have the story.…

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Voting in America: Is Paperless E-Voting Over?

While Norah covers the the end (maybe) of the Jim Crow era of voter disenfranchisement, I’ll take a look at the fresh new era of voter disenfranchisement: electronic voting machines gone predictably amuck. This week, the State of California completed its investigation into why their electronic voting machines quietly deleted 197 ballots in the November…

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